Nothing Lasts Forever presents a series of large-scale paintings depicting fanciful dreamscapes inspired by Natalie Collette Wood’s current home in The Bronx and her childhood growing up in Las Vegas. Two places that are deeply sentimental to the artist create a springboard to examine the decadence of the past and the sobering aspects of today’s economy and landscape. Wood’s work creates haunting spaces by pairing interior structures with chaotic landscapes to create disorientating and fragmented environments that reflect the skewed way in which memory and history function.
The work takes departure from the Andrew Freedman Home located on the Grand Concourse and extends to the surrounding environments. Andrew Freedman’s will included a bequest to build the Home as a residence for wealthy people who had lost their fortunes. It first opened in 1924. The interior and exterior of the building become the backdrop for surreal and mystifying spaces that the artist creates first through handmade collages and then alters digitally. Secret melting gardens and nearby historical structures such as the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and the Lorelei Fountain transform into psychologically charged spaces that don’t quite make sense and then become disorientating and disjointed to the viewer. By creating and then deconstructing existing realties, Wood creates new worlds that are falling apart through their own façade and in a state of constant change. Nothing Lasts Forever explores how urban and natural spaces interact and cohabitate together while celebrating the psychological and ever changing dimensions of memory and physical space.